We’re focusing on the last of the Yamas – the Don’t or abstinences in yoga practice. This is Aparigraha, non-greed. The ancient yogis believed that moving to Spirit World was promotion. They believed in making all conditions favourable for a successful and spiritual passing. In our Western world, there’s a tendency to cling on to life at all costs. Even if that life is not particularly rewarding or beneficial. This could be considered to be greed – wanting more and more time on Earth, when perhaps it could be viewed as an opportunity to make room for others.
Aparigraha is a fascinating study with many different facets. it reminds us that we’re all here on a spiritual path; we’re here to serve others; we’re here to serve the universe as a whole.
Let’s begin this week’s practise with Malla Kriya. Whooshing the breath away as we move into a forward bend gets rid of excess carbon dioxide.
On to the tree of life breath, and we’ll add the pranayama technique of ujjayi. This aids concentration as we hear the sound of the breath in the throat rather than in the nostrils.
Now we come to the glorious Salutation to the Sun. Let’s try three rounds! This wonderful sequence begins with a backward bend and then a forward bend. We’ll progress that with some static forward and backward bends, and then some twists.
Now let’s meet Salutation to the Moon. We’ll do three rounds here, too.
Returning to the mat through the squat, we’ll balance here for a moment before accepting our challenge. Sit down softly with control. Then let’s balance in the cosmic egg.
Meditation features a dynamic mudra. We’re progressing from last week’s work with SAA, TAA, NAA and MAA. Here we’ll extend the fingers on the inhalation, and touch each finger to the thumb on the exhalation. We’re adding another dimension, though. First round it’s touching the finger-tip to the thumb – silent SAA, we touch index finger to thumb; silent TAA, it’s middle finger to thumb; silent NAA, it’s ring finger to thumb; silent MAA, it’s little finger to thumb. Second round, we use fingernail. Third round, we use whole finger while pressing fingertip into the palm. This meditation takes a goodly amount of concentration!
Relaxation features the sounds of SO and HAM: I am that I am. This is the unconscious mantra of the breath repeated on average 21, 600 times per day. SO represents the cosmic consciousness and HAM represents the individual consciousness.
OM Shanti Shanti Shanti